by Alejandro de los Rios
In honor of the ongoing debate we've been having here over the Hornets name, and the fact that the team that took the original name is in town tonight, I bring you the opening scene to BASEketball (Hornets fans would be best served to skip to the 3:37 mark).
Stay tuned as I plan on having a "Mulling the Playoffs: Misnamed Teams Edition" this week where I'll gather a panel of fans of teams with names that make no sense.
Also, I received an e-mail by none other than Tyrone Shoelaces containing the original letter he had sent to The Levee (NOTE: Most publications practice editing letters to the editor for a variety of reasons, most having to do with space). Speaking of, the letter, in full, is after the jump.
I went to my 1st Hornets game last night.
(I'm trying to become a fan for the sake of my city).
We're @ 100% with Shoeless in attendance ~ woo hoo!
I made a sign which read, "Hornets live in NESTS, not Hives! Go Hornets!"
I'll take that part on 1st, then the cheerleaders ("Hornets would sting Honeybees to Death!"), then do what I can about the Teal and the name.
(for those getting this who don't know the history, we used to have an NBA team called, appropriately enough, the Jazz ~ they went to Utah ~ we got another, called the Hornets, which have nothing to do with New Orleans, and they keep welcoming us to the Hive, which has nothing to do with Hornets, and they are cheered on by the HoneyBees, which any self respecting Hornet would sting to death and the colors are Teal, which is wrong on multiple levels ~ and, most difficult for me to swallow, when they came here, it ousted our Hockey team, the Brass ~ the press seemed to say the Hornets wouldn't share the arena with a "non-professional" team, so, up until now, I have been uber anti-Hornets ~ recently it's been clear we need this kinda thing to help our city recover, and a friend in the know says it was the NBA, not the Hornets, who said no to Hockey sharing ~ I am choosing not to check this fact and choosing instead to become a fan, though I will try to change the annoying discrepancies as I do so ~ now, back to your regularly scheduled epistle)
Perhaps, if I enlist Chris Rose, I can even get back the Brass.
I miss hockey.
The B-Ball guys whine if you hit them.
God bless you tube ~ who knew there was a cartoon?
Why do I have a feeling I just gave myself a new nickname, @ least for Hornets games.